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Published July 22, 2022

Foundation to minimise heading in sessions

Ipswich Town Foundation staff were invited to an Academy CPD event at Playford Road on Monday evening regarding the effects of heading a football throughout a player’s career.

The FA has been granted approval from the International Football Association Board [IFAB] to introduce a new trial to remove deliberate heading in football matches across U12 level and below in England from the start of the 2022-23 season.

The Foundation want to ensure that we are creating the safest environment for all participants and their futures by minimising heading in our training sessions and match days. To ensure this, we are implementing the following changes for the 22/23 season –

  • No heading at training for age groups U7-U12
  • Free kicks, Corners, Goal kicks must be played short in both training a in matches.
  • Throw-ins must be to feet.